Microsoft’s Skype has been the go-to voice and video conferencing platform for personal use and businesses worldwide for quite a while. The platform offers users a wide selection of features, including VoIP, video calls, conference calls, group video calls, and screen sharing, however, there are quite a few alternatives that do all of that and bring even more to the table. So, if you’ve been on the lookout for the best Skype alternatives, here are a few options that you can choose from:

Skype Alternatives for Group Video Calls

1. Hangouts

Best Skype Alternatives: Hangouts

Even though Google has confirmed that it will eventually shut down Google Hangouts for consumers, it still remains one of the best Skype alternatives for businesses. With Hangouts, you can connect with others via text, video or voice chat and the service even allows users to conduct conference voice/video calls for up to 10 members at the same time.

What makes Hangouts a good alternative to Skype is that it doesn’t require users to download a separate client, allowing users to make use of all of its features right from a browser window. While most of its features are free to use, calling to a mobile number or landline outside of US and Canada is chargeable.

The service is a great solution for businesses as Google bundles it with its GSuite offering. It’s also safe to say that Hangouts for businesses is going to be around even after Google finally decides to kill it for regular consumers.

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2. VSee

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VSee lets you do unlimited group video calls for free. VSee started as a Tele-health app for providing medical consultation over Internet to the people residing in remote areas, but it isn’t limited to that only, you can also use it for your own purpose.

VSee uses 50% less bandwidth than Skype, offers easy file sharing and 720P HD video calling. VSee’s free plan lets you do the following things,

  • Unlimited group video
  • Instant messaging
  • File send
  • 1 screen share per day

For uplifting the screen share limit, you will have to sign up for the paid plan, starting from 49 USD a month.

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3. UberConference

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UberConference isn’t a video conferencing service but when it comes to audio conferencing, it is the most widely used and most trusted software. It has both free and paid plans, let’s find out what this tools has to offer in free plan:

  • You can do unlimited conferences with up to 10 callers, (up to 100 callers in paid plan)
  • Unlike all other conferences, here No PIN is required for the Organizer, (No PIN at all for everyone in the paid plan)
  • HD Quality Audio and you can record or lock (for security) the call as well
  • Integration with LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google+ Profiles

UberConference paid plan starts from 15 USD per user per month.

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4. GoToMeeting

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GoToMeeting is another great Skype alternative that you can try. The platform includes both paid and free variants, with the free variant offering unlimited meetings for up to 3 participants, including features like screen sharing. For the paid version, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial plan and if you like it, you can continue with paid plans that start at 19 USD a month. Let’s find out the prominent features of this tool:

  • Up to 250 members can join for a video conference and can have unlimited meetings
  • HD video and audio quality
  • Supports Mac, Windows PC, iOS  or Android devices
  • Offers single click screen sharing, keyboard or mouse control sharing, draw & highlight on screen and many more features

Just like GoToMeeting is for holding video conferencing, GoToWebinar is for conducting webinars and GoToTraining is for holding training sessions online. You can find out more details about them by following these links: webinar/training.

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5. Webex

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Webex is a widely used and trusted tool for holding online meetings. This is another paid Skype alternative, but you can try it out for free for 14 days, no credit card required. The plans start from 24 USD per host per month allows up to 8 members in the meeting. Let’s find out the features of this tool:

  • HD 720P video and high quality audio
  • Easy screen sharing, apps and file sharing and switching between files
  • Highlight important parts of documents shared in the meeting, online whiteboard so that you can note down important points discussed in the meeting
  • And many more features

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Skype Alternatives for Voice Calling or Video Calling

6. Viber

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Viber started out as a mobile app (available on all the platforms) for communicating via text or voice call and now it is available on Windows PC and Mac too. With Viber you can make free voice calls as well as video calls all around the world, but for that you have to make sure that Viber is installed on both the devices.

You can also make a call from a device on which Viber is installed to any mobile or land-line number worldwide, at lower prices. And yes, Viber is completely ads free.

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7. jitsi

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With jitsi, you can send free text messages, make video calls and can even use it for video conferencing (with screen sharing feature). It is an open source software currently available on Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS. Let’s take a look at some of jitsi’s features:

  • High quality low latency video calls
  • WebRTC support
  • Support for advanced video routing technologies like simulcast, bandwidth estimation, scalable video coding, etc
  • Ubuntu and Debian packages for easy installation
  • Cross platform support

For more details about the jitsi, follow this link.

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8. FaceTime

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FaceTime is again an excellent alternative for Skype, but only for Mac and iOS users. With FaceTime, you can easily make High quality video calls for free. The app comes bundled with your macOS and iOS device, so you don’t even have to depend on any third-party software.

But, as mentioned earlier, the app only works on macOS and iOS devices, and you won’t be able to use it if you have a Windows, Linux or an Android device.

9. ICQ

Best Skype Alternatives ICQ

ICQ is also a great alternative for Skype users which includes almost all of the features you’d find in the latter. With ICQ, users will be able to make calls to landlines and mobile networks for a fee, send text messages and make group video calls. What’s really great about ICQ is that it’s available on a number of platforms, including Windows macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS, and it also offers cross platform support, so you can connect with people using different devices.

On top of that, video calls made using ICQ are encrypted which means that you can rest assured that whatever is said or done in a video call will only remain between the participants. ICQ is completely free to use and doesn’t feature any ads.

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10. TOX

Best Skype Alternatives TOX

If security and privacy is of top priority for you, you can also check out TOX – a secure Skype alternative that protects all communications made through the application with end-to-end encryption. The app uses peer-to-peer technology for data transfer, which means that there’s no central server that has access to all your data.

Other than the normal functions you’d expect from a Skype alternative, including voice and video calls, instant messaging, and file sharing, TOX also features a desktop sharing option. While TOX is a great Skype alternative for video calls, it currently doesn’t have a proper interface for video conferences which is a bummer, but you can use qTOX – a client based on TOX – for video conferencing. Being an open source software, TOX is completely free to use.

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11. Wire

Best Skype Alternative Wire

Wire is another great privacy focused Skype alternative that includes almost all the features you’d find on Skype. The application includes support for instant messaging, voice chat, video chat, and file sharing. In addition, Wire also allows users to share content directly from other platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud and Spotify with other Wire users.

On the downside, Wire only includes support for voice conferencing for up to five users and voice conferencing up to 4 users. When it comes to security, however, all conversations on Wire are protected by end-to-end encryption and all of the user data is stored on servers in EU which is known for its strict data protection regulations.

Wire is free for personal use, but free users are limited to messaging, voice calls and file sharing. The paid version of Wire for businesses starts at 4 EUR per user per month and unlocks all of the messengers premium features.

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12. TinyChat

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Rounding off the list is TinyChat, a web-based Skype alternative that allows users to host quick and easy video meetings without requiring them to download a separate client. Using TinyChat is quite easy, with the service requiring you to host a video call and share the call’s URL with whoever you want to invite. You can also protect your chat rooms with a password, ensuring that no one else can enter the room even if they have the URL.

The application is also available on iOS and Android, and includes cross platform support, so you can easily connect with other users even if they’re on mobile devices. Casual users can also use the service to join open chat rooms and connect with random people from around the world.

While the service is free to use in its basic form, paid subscriptions starting from 4.14 USD per month give access to high-quality full screen video chat, remove advertisements, and much more.

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Try Out These Skype Alternatives Right Away

That sums up our list of the best Skype alternatives you can try. Each alternative has its own set of features that sets it apart from the others and depending on your particular use case, I’m sure you’ll be able to find one from the list above that suits you best. In case you’ve already tried any of the aforementioned Skype alternatives, do share your experiences and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments section below.

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  1. Sick of MS. My mom got lock out of her account, I used the forgot password feature. Had to verify twice, first email and phone number sms when was asked to fill out a personal info form ( intrusive and info never requested in the original Skype setup) with her birthdate. End result? An email from Microsoft saying access not approved!

  2. tried to use google hangouts for calling international. (I’m not in U.S or Canada.) On the hangouts interface, when I click on ‘phone call’, I see a message ‘loading contacts’, but nothing happens. Tried various browsers, same story. Unfortunately, the web interface/app needs to be a lot more stable if I am going to make the switch from skype. I’ve also tried other software like VOIPStudio and Voipfone with varied success, particularly to do with line quality.

    • Yeh Hangout sucks, & we ALL need to move away from the TYRANT Google who has just spent the last 2 weeks shutting down TONS of alternative news channels for NO reason other than the MSM is trying to stop us from hearing the truth AND of course they are losing viewers.

      Unfortunately, with MS now FORCING us to use their new Skye app that has LESS features than the REAL Skype, I have been FURIOUS.

  3. I use Skype on my computer as a land line. I have a Skype number that I can give people so they can call me from their land lines or cell phones and it rings into my Skype app on my computer. Many other services have the other features, but I have yet to find a service that includes a phone number. I don’t have a smart phone and my voice calls only prepaid cell phone is mostly turned off. I only use it when I go out, and I can forward my Skype inbound calls to my cell. Does anyone know of a service that includes a phone number?

    • Robert, I too have a skype number …use it for business.. I’m so fed up with microsoft trying to shove their “solutions” down my throat… they may have an overall picture of how people work… and they are trying to shove everyone into THEIR picture… I also use skype to provide support to people …

      on the lookout for another app that can do voice call, text message chat and screenshare

      microsoft’s “answer” is no answer at all

      • I took the time to research some of the other services – WhatsApp, Line, Signal, and Viber – looking for end to end encryption only to find out there are many questions about E2EE like backdoors, etc. They all require you to have a smart phone in order to load a desktop version. The only one that I can set up the way I work with Skype is Line with only a few annoyances. But the main issue for me is there is no calling land lines and cell phones subscription plan like Skype and there is no online number like Skype. That said, Viber does have a reasonable calling subscription to the US, but doesn’t include Canada. I wrote up a long list of functions I would like to see in Viber including an online number, and told them of the classic desktop Skype users revolt and mentioned if they could implement those changes including the online number they could get many of Skype’s customers.

        in the meantime, Microsoft got the message and removed their threat to kill classic Skype on September 1, and are now working to add Classic functions to the new V8. Also I found out the Microsoft is testing E2EE in the new version 8 Skype, so hopefully it will all come together. I only have two complaints about classic Skype – lack of end to end encryption E2EE and that I can’t receive a text message from a land line or cell phone. Plus the key for me to move to another service is the calling subscription and online number, which can be ported away from Skype.

  4. has anyone heard of live sessions peds- I have no idea what this is. It’s what my fellow students are using
    taf

  5. You may also add on premise R-HUB web video conferencing servers in the above list. It provides 30 way HD video conferencing and works on Windows, MAC, Android, iOS etc.

  6. DO NOT choose ooVoo , their is no security , no privacy , I was checking to see how good their security is and there is instructions on You Tube on how to HACK ooVoo also how to HACK ooVoo Passwords.
    I tried to send my Partner a Private Message and as it is sending it is also sending to You Tube, I dont want my Private messages on You Tube but there is NO option to Block the upload to You Tube.
    ooVoo , says they have less drop outs than Skype , My Partner and I have experienced MORE drop outs, More Cam Freezing, Sound Distortions , talking to my Partner , her voice was so deep It sounded like a Guy was talking to me.
    I am Recommending , Avoid ooVoo

    • Oh WOW, I was just about to tell the OP that there’s no link to oovoo & I guess he took it away when he read your analysis.

      That’s TERRIBLE what they are doing.

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